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I travel all the irksome night

I travel all the irksome night

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 9 hymnals

Author: James Montgomery

James Montgomery (b. Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland, 1771; d. Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, 1854), the son of Moravian parents who died on a West Indies mission field while he was in boarding school, Montgomery inherited a strong religious bent, a passion for missions, and an independent mind. He was editor of the Sheffield Iris (1796-1827), a newspaper that sometimes espoused radical causes. Montgomery was imprisoned briefly when he printed a song that celebrated the fall of the Bastille and again when he described a riot in Sheffield that reflected unfavorably on a military commander. He also protested against slavery, the lot of boy chimney sweeps, and lotteries. Associated with Christians of various persuasions, Montgomery supported missio… Go to person page >

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First Line: I travel all the irksome night
Author: James Montgomery
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

I travel all the irksome night. J. Montgomery. [Journey of Life.] In Montgomery's Greenland, and other Poems, 1819, this poem of 21 stanzas of 4 lines is given as:—

"A night in a stagecoach: being a Meditation on the way between London and Bristol, Sept. 23, 1815."

It was repeated in his Poetical Works, 1828, vol. iii. p. 189, and again in later editions. In the Plymouth Collection, N. Y., 1855, stanzas i., xix.-xxi. are given as No. 1116. In the Boston Unitarian Hymns of the Spirit, 1864, the arrangement is, stanza i. from this poem, and stanzas ii. and iii. from another source.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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Instances

Instances (1 - 9 of 9)
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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Sanctuary #535

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Hymn and Tune Book, for the Church and the Home #730

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Hymn Book for Christian Worship #620

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Hymn Book for Christian Worship. 8th ed. #a620

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Hymns of the Spirit #514

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Plymouth Collection #a1116

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Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes; for the use of Christian Congregations #1116

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The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book #1116

Unity Hymns and Chorals. Rev and enl. with Service Elements #d121

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